Monday 17 December 2018

Two arrested in Jobstown as chaos ensues following protests at Tanaiste's visit

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

Two males were arrested today in connection to the protests in Jobstown, West Tallaght.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that two male teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were arrested.

Riot: A man throws a brick at a garda car in Jobstown yesterday. Inset: Gardai lead Ms Burton away, after she was trapped in her car by protesters
Riot: A man throws a brick at a garda car in Jobstown yesterday. Inset: Gardai lead Ms Burton away, after she was trapped in her car by protesters
A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin
Gardai attended the protest which saw the minister blocked from leaving a community centre in Jobstown, Tallaght. (Photo: Tallaght Says No To Water-Metering/Facebook)
Two males were arrested today in connection to the protests in Jobstown, West Tallaght.
A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin
A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

One arrest, a 17 year old male, is in relation to criminal damage to a garda vehicle.

The other individual, an 17 year old, was arrested in relation to a public order incident. Both arrests were made after Tanaiste Joan Burton had left the area.

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin
A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

Separately, another individual who was photographed throwing a brick at the scene.

Earlier today, more than a hundred anti-water charge protesters vented their anger at the Tanaiste.

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin
A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

The protest started at midday - Ms Burton was still at the location some three hours later.

More Gardai were called to the scene as the protest escalated. The Public Order Unit was also called in briefly.

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin
A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

Independent.ie has learned that Ms Burton was moved by Gardai from her ministerial car to an unmarked garda gar in a bid to avoid protesters, but then it was blockaded.

Then, Ms Burton was then rushed by Gardai to a force jeep which itself was blockaded by protesters for a considerable amount of time.

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin
A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ms Burton’s spokesman also criticised the failure of new TD Paul Murphy to show leadership.

“Paul Murphy is a member of Dail Eireann, and it’s incumbent on everybody in positions of leadership in a democracy to encourage people to behave in a peaceful way that does nothing to undermine the social cohesion of the country”, Ms Burton’s spokesman said.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Murphy insisted it was a peaceful protest but called into question the actions of Gardai in their treatment of protesters.

Pictures have been posted on social media which show a car surrounded by protesters.

There is still a Garda presence at the scene.

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